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this and the frustration. because we've been writing about these issues for many, many years. and rather than things being better now, they seem to be worse. so we hear you. >> host: final e-mail. robert young: a question, based upon my observation is it reasonable to conclude that the '50s and the '60s were more equitable due mostly or solely to the leftovers from the we're all in this together from worldd war ii? >> guest: i think absolutely. >> host: and is that, when you referred to the dream and what went wrong, are you looking at the '50s -- >> guest: the '50s, '60s and '70s, yeah. >> host: as a golden era? >> guest: absolutely. >> guest: and the that statistics bear this out. personal income for the richest americans in the '50s, '60s and '70s went up about the
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same rate. nobody disputes the fact that people can be wealthy and have money, that's okay. but everybody sort of prospered at the same rate. >> guest: at the same rate. >> guest: but from the '80s on, it's gone the other way. there's a shift in that sense, and that's what's different. some people would have you say, t inevitable as part of the global economy. we say, no, there are specific policies that have encouraged this and helped bring this about. >> host: and you have been watching booktv on c-span2. this is our monthly program featuring an author or authors and their body of work. james steele and donald barlett have been our guests. multiple pulitzer prize national magazine award winners, r50 awards -- 50 awards altogether, so for their work. they have written eight books. their web site is is how they are known. their most recent back is "the betrayal of the american dream." gentlemen, we appreciate your being on booktv. thank you for joining us as
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